It’s not disloyal to opt for a warm Thanksgiving and move the occasion from “back home” to a sunnier setting, and a place where more fun is nearby for all. What began as a trickle of independent-minded families who saw beyond the setting, who resolved that snow or drizzle were not essential ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving, who decided that a warm Thanksgiving of respite from workaday life and renewed connections with loved ones is, in fact, more closely in keeping with what our ancestors started those traditions to preserve.
The results that come to families and individuals from gathering together are many, and they don’t depend on moving back in time to enjoy them. It turns out that one of the most important things people share at Thanksgiving is stories. Stories strengthen people and families by rooting us in our unique heritage. “Who we are, and what is expected of us,” comes to us largely as the result of the stories we acquire and own through life.
This isn’t just folklore. Research confirms abundantly that families and other groups work together more effectively when they know what ties them together, the stories that they share in common. A family’s stories compose their collective identity. The reason we might not have heard about this research is that the studies and the know-how they produced have largely been isolated in the commercial and military organizations that conducted it.
In of the most interesting studies devoted specifically to families, 20 “Do You Know?” questions were discussed among children. “Do you know where your parents met, for example, or “Do you know where your grandparents grew up?” Children who knew these things had higher self-esteem and a greater sense of control over their lives. The benefits show up in the here and now, by helping children bond with extended relatives, giving them poise for social experiences, offering them role models from among known persons and, conversely, helping the family understand the child better.
So, strength and even wisdom are built on the ways we reconnect as families, and a warm Thanksgiving offers a prime example of where and how to refresh those connections and keep them alive through generations.
Authentic Ingredients for a Warm Thanksgiving
A collection of amenities for supplying and enjoying Thanksgiving to the fullest are carefully curated among The Shops at Sea Pines Center. It’s been called the essence of Sea Pines style, and keeping you close to the enjoyment, by situating it in the middle of the original Hilton Head Island dream, was just part of the inspiration that makes Sea Pines unforgettable for visitors, and home for a fortunate few.
Relaxed luxury is the signature of Sea Pines Center. The style is not for show. A sense of openness, a disarming informality is the nature of enjoyment here. Sea Pines residents and guests and visitors alike find what they need, enjoy what they wish, and discover what they want, without departing from the dream designed so carefully into the life of Sea Pines. Here, in the arms of Nature and the courtesies of culture and community, we enjoy an ideal of gracious living, at Thanksgiving or anytime we gather with family, loved ones, and friends.